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by Matt de Neef
March 5, 2018
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Arnaud Demare takes stage 1 of Paris-Nice; Tiesj Benoot solos to Strade Bianche win; Anna van der Breggen takes solo win at Strade Bianche; Matej Mohoric wins GP Industria & Artigianato; Remi Cavagna leads QuickStep Floors 1-2 at Dwars door West-Vlaanderen; Chloe Dygert smashes individual pursuit world record and takes rainbows; Richie Porte to miss Tirreno-Adriatico due to illness; Tejay Van Garderen out of Paris-Nice after team-car collision; Lucy Kennedy impresses in first European classic; UCI official suffers serious head injury at Track World Championships; Wout van Aert’s double-leg cramp.
Lucy Kennedy showed no signs of nerves in her first European Classic, riding to an impressive fifth at Strade Bianche — the Australian’s European debut for Mitchelton-Scott.
Cast in a supporting role for Amanda Spratt, Kennedy did a lot of work in the closing stages to try and put her leader in a better position. Kennedy felt strong in the final kilometres and managed to ride to fifth, 1:32 behind winner Anna van der Breggen and nine seconds ahead of Spratt in seventh place.
“I was pretty nervous coming into the race,” Kennedy admitted. “Even without the conditions, it’s unlike anything I’ve raced before. I was prepared for a really hard race and that’s exactly what we got. The conditions were pretty horrible. Thankfully the temperature was a little warmer than recent days, but it was very very wet!
“I did do a lot of work in chasing back breaks in support of Spratty and Georgia (Williams). As we got deeper into the race, I just kept on feeling strong so continued to work to bring back the leaders. I surprised myself in still having something left for one last effort up the final climb.”
Follow the link to read more at the Mitchelton-Scott website.